King Arthur's Round Table: How Collaborative Conversations Create Smart Organizations

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 14, 2003 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Your organization functions and grows through conversations–face-to-face and electronic, from the mailroom to the boardroom. The quality of those conversations determines how smart your organization is. This revelatory book shows you how the Round Table of Arthurian legend can help foster collaboration and transform today’s world of business, nonprofits, and government.

"When I want a group to work effectively, I turn immediately to my colleague of thirty-five years, David Perkins. This book is a distillation of his knowledge and wisdom."
–Howard Gardner
author of Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Intelligence Reframed

"David Perkins applies his wit and inventive mind to create a fresh perspective on the world of collaboration in organizations. His archetypes and toolboxes offer valuable insights to anyone facing the challenges of collaborative problem solving."
–David Straus
author of How to Make Collaboration Work

 

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Contents

ORGANIZATIONS ARE MADE OF CONVERSATIONS
17
YAKETY YAK AND FEEDBACK
39
THE DIFFICULTIES OF BEING OF ONE HIND
69
Ffion LORDSHIP TO LEADERSHIP
89
ANTS WEATHER AND ORGANIZATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
119
CHAPTER? COLLABORATIONNOTCOBLABORATION
147
CREATIVE CONFLICT TRAGIC TRUST
177
CLUBBING TOWARD CAHELOT
209
ROUNDING THE WORLD
245
NOTES
251
INDEX
265
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DAVID PERKINS is a senior professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a founding member of Harvard’s Project Zero, a research outfit focused on cognitive-symbolic capacities and their implications for learning in all settings, and for many years codirected the project with renowned education specialist Howard Gardner. He is also the author of The Eureka Effect: The Art and Logic of Breakthrough Thinking, Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence, and Smart Schools: Better Thinking and Learning for Every Child.

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